GrandpaUlrira

Nintendo's New Year eShop sale is a bit of a rarity, focussing on first-party game discounts

GrandpaUlrira

11 months ago

I really cannot recommend Pocket Card Jockey on 3DS enough. It's a fantastic timewaster: Horse racing and breeding meets Solitaire, from the makers of Pokemon.
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Watch: Seven minigames that (nearly) eclipsed the main game

GrandpaUlrira

2 years ago

@Delicatessen Yup, I remember the same. They were great in multiplier.

@Nikanoru Monkey golf was brilliant.
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Letter from America

GrandpaUlrira

5 years ago

I might have misremembered this, but Final Fight 3 was ridiculously short and easy.
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Witness a comparison between The Wind Waker HD and the original GameCube version

GrandpaUlrira

5 years ago

Odd. It's like they've set out to make it look less like an interactive cartoon, which was the main charm of the original's graphics.
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Ace Combat Infinity is for PlayStation 3

GrandpaUlrira

5 years ago

I enjoyed Assault Horizon quite a bit, even if a few things were a bit too much on rails. I'm assuming this will have an ID4 vibe at some point.
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Gone Home to stay home: The Fullbright Company boycotts PAX due to organisers' stance on "a number of issues"

GrandpaUlrira

5 years ago

I have to say that having read the reactions to what Mike said first, and then finding out what he did say, there seemed to be a huge disconnect between the original tweets and the vitriolic reactions to it. He may have caused offence by stating that women have vaginas, which is pretty much the dictionary definition, so I assume Oxford dictionary et al are transphobic too, but there was certainly no hateful intent behind what he said.
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Poland and Portugal not supported at Xbox One launch, importing near ruled out

GrandpaUlrira

6 years ago

I thought discrimination on the basis of nationality wasn't allowed within EC member states, although admittedly that's only a vague remembrance.
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Bayonetta 2 adds multiplayer, shorter hair

GrandpaUlrira

6 years ago

This and the Monolith Soft game might be the two games that convince me to get the Wii U.
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Fire Emblem: Awakening review

GrandpaUlrira

6 years ago

Hmmm, maybe I had better re-order that pre-order!
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Saturday Soapbox: Voting with your wallets isn't the whole answer to abusive micro-transactions

GrandpaUlrira

6 years ago

@nickthegun It's an interesting point you make about Street Fighter X Tekken, as that was a case where the earlier attempts at emptying the pockets of consumers cost them a sale in the long run. Buying Marvel Vs Capcom 3, only to have a sequel come out six months later, made me wary of Capcom's next fighting game. Once I read about the character DLC in Street Fighter X Tekken, which if I ever went online would put me at a distinct disadvantage, I couldn't really justify the purchase any more.
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GrandpaUlrira

6 years ago

One thing that would help would be if reviewers played games minus paid content (including XBox Live Gold). I bought FIFA 13 not long after letting my Gold subscription lapsed, having not played a FIFA game for some years, and in truth I was surprised how little content was left beyond the most basic game modes.

In the most egregious cases, a few points off games that basically don't work without paid-for transactions would get publishers' notice, once the Metacritic score starts creeping down.
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Diablo 3 accounts hacked, gold and items stolen

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

For those complaining about Blizzard charging for the authenticators, I expect the Battle.net authenticator apps, which are free, will do the job. Android version here.

Don't have D3 myself, mind, so can't confirm it works.
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The Witcher 2 producer announces Dark Souls-inspired RPG

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

Based on that description of the world, they were also big fans of Xenoblade Chronicles.
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Ridge Racer Unbounded dev cut tutorial for controversial controls

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

Was it explained in the manual?
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Will GAME's Woes Kill Off AA Titles?

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

Part of Game's problem for me was that they stopped stocking many of those AA games, in favour of more and more pre-owned space. It was often impossible to buy many of those games on the High Street, leaving online as the only alternative.

I remember a few years ago asking about Bangai-O Spirits on the day after release, and it turned out they had one copy that they hadn't even put on the shelves.
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Mysterious Capcom/Namco/Sega 3DS collaboration teased

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

I reckon it'll be a strategy game, looking at Banpresto's game history. The other possibility is some kind of Smash Bros style game.
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GAME in trouble as doubt cast on ability to stock new games

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

How would we know the difference? Most of the time their stores only have stock of the very biggest releases anyway, and a few weeks on it's impossible to buy most games new in their shops.
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UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

/Awaits arrival of King's Speech fanboys
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Bonus Skyrim Xbox 360 Timelapse

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

Videos still don't work for me, unfortunately, on Firefox 8. I'm sure it's lovely though.
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Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

The moment it dawns on you that by 'winning' you will doom the island is one of gaming's best moments for me. I can't think of many games that tell a story so well and so sparsely.
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

Fair play, they've fixed the bug where I couldn't read the bottom of the review. Now I can't see the last page of comments except by sorting by newest, and I can't see the middle pages at all.
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GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

I can't even read the end of the review because of the interview popup. Awesome site design!
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Molyneux hasn't seen new Syndicate

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

So he's a guest at a rival syndicate and they allow him into a room off the main lobby where they are roughing up a prisoner? That doesn't seem very prudent.
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New Skyward Sword details at TGS

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

The Windfish?! Colour me intrigued....
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Mario Kart 3D

GrandpaUlrira

7 years ago

The bracketed asides from other staff members always make me think of games magazines from the 90s.
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New Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D trailer

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

That is kind of disappointing, as the only real improvements seem to be on the Link models and the framerate, and I guess they will find another way to implement the rumble feature that told you when secrets were nearby. The soundtrack is the exact same as the N64 version... surely at least a vanilla update to that would have helped hide the MIDI roots? Hell, they could have just asked the ZREO guys for their soundtrack. The remake of Star Fox seems more promising to me.
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EA cancels My Garden

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

/cancels 3DS pre-order.
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Talk to the Handheld

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

The glasses-free 3D is enough to sell the 3DS right now, just as the motion control was enough in the early days of the Wii. In my book, the price point is the only mistake.
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Capcom "saddened" by MaXplosion furore

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

Other than the obvious similarities with the explosions, it's difficult to see what's particularly original about Maxplosion, to the point where it's more like a ripoff of old 16-bit platformers, just looking a bit more shit. Capcom stuff on the SNES looked better than this.
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Exclusive Portal 2 levels for Razer Hydra

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

Motion control for the PC will be about as successful as the Game Gear
You really think it will sell 11 million!?
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Who's making the Ico/SOTC remasters?

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

I would genuinely consider getting a PS3 for this and Uncharted 2.
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What's the final XBLA game of the year?

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

I get a Mr Driller vibe from some of that.
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Retrospective: Super Mario Bros. 3

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

That screenshot on page 3 is more than a little fishy...
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Why I hate… Halo

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

Love the Zavvi ad for the game for the low, low price of Ł48.92.
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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 dated

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

I'm guessing these will have to be on the disc? Otherwise they will have to force an update on to everyone whether they buy them or not, then the DLC will be an unlock after the patch?
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New DLC character announced for BlazBlue

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

How will this work online? Will play be split into those who have it and those who don't, or will they force people who don't want it to download it to play online? Obviously the boss character is on the disc, but are the others.

I'm curious because I'm half expecting something like this to happen for SSFIV.
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Codies explains download-only PC F1 2010

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

But what if the digital retailer goes bust? Don't you lose the ability to authenticate the games, and therefore can't play the games themselves?
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Under Siege

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

I can't believe I was the only one hopeful that this would be set on a ship.
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No StarCraft II reviews before release

GrandpaUlrira

8 years ago

$100 million?!
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow lives in a castle

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

That looks like it could turn out to be a bit special.
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Facebook's Triumph

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

"This short-term pain, however, is likely to lead to long-term gain for everyone involved."
Except your normal Facebook user, of course.

"...customers still don't entirely trust sites which ask for their credit card details, fearing security breaches and recurring bill payments that they didn't ask for. "
With good reason, considering even large companies like Microsoft can make it difficult to cancel payments or seem to rely on the consumer not really paying attention to their payments each year, and this is a trend reflected outside the industry too.
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Pitts recalls making America's first coin-op

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

@Bertie. I wasn't intending to be horrible about it, by the way, but it was just something about the tone, especially in the penultimate paragraph, that seemed un-EG-like, and more like a sports interview where the second half is about revolutionary new Adidas boots or whatever.
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GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

Sounds interesting, but is this an advertorial or a genuine article?
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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

Seems a little uninspired and bland.
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Better Than Halo: The Making of Halo 2

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

A very good read. It's interesting to find out what really went on once the hype has dissipated and the developers can be completely truthful. A similar article on Brutal Legend (on GamaSutra?) was also very interesting, for the same reason, and I think marked the first time they admitted the game was an RTS.
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Xbox 360 Storage Showdown: The Flash Factor

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

This functionality at least explains why memory units were impossible to find on the High Street when all I wanted to do was copy save files. I haven't tried it out yet, but it'll be great to take save games with me when I visit my brother.
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The FarmVille Diaries

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

Dirtbox wrote:
Interesting fact - Farmville are art thieves. They've ripped 90% of their graphics from some colleagues of mine.
That means there's a lawsuit pending? I actually stopped playing it after a while (the classic from my friends: 'please join so we can expand our farms; you don't have to play'), because something about the way Zynga did things didn't sit right with me. Maybe it's just the way they want you to constantly pimp their app for them.
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New Metroid: Other M trailer

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

Suddenlty I'm a lot more optimistic about this. Have they changed the Samus model back to one more like the Smash Bros Brawl model, given that she doesn't look as much as the one we saw in the original trailer?
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Telltale offers free Strong Bad episode

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

Tried it, and got through to the end, but I have no idea if I actually got a free game.
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USB storage for Xbox 360 in spring

GrandpaUlrira

9 years ago

Actually, I assumed this would finally make it possible to backup my games in a relatively inexpensive way (as memory cards don't seem to be on the High Street at reasonable prices). That's the case, right?
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